Region descends into violence as White House sits on hands
Violence in the Middle East reached new heights in recent days as both Syria and Egypt descended into greater unrest, sparking fears that political dynamics in the region are spiraling out of control.
Protesters in Egypt angrily marched towards the president’s palace early Friday afternoon to express dissatisfaction with Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi’s increasingly authoritarian rule.
Morsi issued a decree last month that granted him broad governing powers and placed him above legal reproach.
Thousands poured into the streets and marched towards the presidential compound in Cairo in a scene closely resembling the mass protests that brought down former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Secular demonstrators also took to Tahrir Square, the now famous epicenter of the opposition, to protest what they say is Morsi’s unjustified power grab.
Events escalated Thursday and Friday when Muslim Brotherhood backed forces launched several counter-protests that ended in violence.
Quarrels between secular and Islamist factions continued into Friday as Muslim Brotherhood supporters fought with protestors outside of a Brotherhood compound in Damietta, according to reports.
At least six have died so far.